Have you ever been curious about how intricate diamond necklaces are constructed? Wondered what’s inside your rose gold watch that makes it tick tock? Or been interested about Cleopatra’s gallant gold jewelry? Then your in luck… Van Cleef & Arpels has created a one of kind school to give insight and understanding into the very secretive world of jewelry and watch making. Shedding a unique light on the experts and their exceptional materials used to craft of these rare jewels. Making this the perfect Wife activity on your next trip to Paris, succeeding French pastry classes.
The School is located at the Place Vendome in an 18th century french style townhouse. The dedicated instructors are made up of an international team including Jewelers, renowned Experts, Art Historians and Gemologists. The program is organized by 3 sections: History of art (Exploring jewels throughout it’s legends), Universe of Gemstones and Le Savoir Faire (The creation of jewelry step by step and visiting the Van Cleef & Arpels workshop) and is broken down into 13 progressive individual courses.
Guests can enroll in one or as many courses as they wish according to their special interests, taste or level of knowledge. Courses can be taught in French or English. Class schedules are currently posted on their website through December 2013, Tuition fees range from 600.00 – 950.00 Euros (Tax included). Print your registration form HERE. Visit lecolevancleefarpels.com to enroll! – Taryn Cox for THE WIFE in Collaboration with LoveGold.
L’École Van Cleef & Arpels
19 Place Vendôme
+33 1 70 70 36 00
Above - Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond and Gold Blossom Earclips: A pair of French 18 karat gold ear clips with diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings have 214 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 6.30 carats. The ear clips are composed of a layer of 10 diamond set leaves upon which 5 textured leaves rest, centering with a 7 diamond cluster. Circa 1970. Available on 1stdibs.com
Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Gold Snowflake Necklace and Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels is renowned for their extraordinary taste in precious jewelry. This set is from their Snow Flakes collection, circa 1980. Both pieces feature F VS quality diamonds that total 65 carats, are made from 18k yellow gold, and have the maker’s mark. The earrings are stunning 2 inch long teardrops and the necklace, which measures 16 inches in length and a 12-26mm width, has rows of diamonds and flowers. This set is accompanied with a letter of authenticity from Van Cleef & Arpels. Available at 1stdibs.com